Lakeside Ohio

You're invited to Lakeside Chautauqua for a Generosity & Stewardship Conference from August 6-9, 2017. Pastors, clergy and laity involved in stewardship and finance, development, foundation leaders and consultants are welcome to participate in this unique learning experience.

Generosity & Stewardship Conference

Cultivating a culture of generosity through stewardship ministry in the church or a religious organization is vital to bringing God's Kingdom here on earth. Creatively inviting Christians to join a ministry vision is an important challenge, given all the other organizations vying for stewardship dollars.  The conference will award 3 CEUs for full participation. 

Attendees of the Generosity & Stewardship Conference will learn specific tools for equipping congregations or religious organizations in their ability to go beyond a tithe. 

Lakeside will present this conference as an opportunity to support persons desiring lives that reflect God's call to give freely.

Each year, Lakeside Chautauqua is committed to programming excellence. With a backdrop of beauty and an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities, attendees will network and learn about growing the culture of generosity in their local church or organization. 

Welcoming more than 150,000 guests each year, Lakeside provides a variety of accommodations to choose from, and we are prepared to provide Christian hospitality during your stay.


Lakeside Chautauqua is located on the Marblehead Peninsula, approximately 1.5 hours from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or 2.5 hours from Columbus International Airport.  Driving directions are available from all major cities including Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Toledo. Lakeside Chautauqua is an historic community in Ohio that offers an abundance of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities during its 10-week summer programming season. It is located in the beautiful Lake Erie Shores & Island region.  

Keynote Speakers

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith serves as Executive Pastor of Generosity and Stewardship at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans. He has spent years researching generosity and has worked in the front lines of churches. The Rev. Dr. Smith has authored At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life and Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity.

J. Clif Christopher is the President and Founder of Horizons in Cabot, Ark. He has led stewardship consultations in more than 1,000 churches, conferences, synods and dioceses in all phases of building, finance and church growth. He is the author of Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship and Whose Offering Plate is It?: New Strategies for Financial Stewardship.

Additional keynotes speakers include Michelle Cramer, President and CEO of Cramer & Associates in Dublin, Ohio. She is a fundraising industry veteran with more than two decades of experience and currently serves on the board of The Giving Institute. 

The Rev. Jeffrey Taylor is President of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc. in Charleston, W.V. He is also a past president of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations and a past president of the KYOWVA Planned Giving Council. 

Conference Schedule

Download the 2017 Generosity & Stewardship Conference schedule.

Keynote Speaker Presentations & Workshops will cover the following topics: 
  • Conducting a Generosity & Stewardship Audit
  • Understanding Legacy Giving & Endowments
  • Plans to Build a Culture of Generosity
  • Creating Financial Reports & Appeals
  • Learning about Capital Campaigns
  • Educating Community about Generosity

Suggested Reading Materials for the Conference 

  • At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life by Clayton Smith & Dave Wilson
  • Propel: Good Stewardship, Greater Generosity by Clayton Smith
  • A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher
  • Whose Offering Plate Is it? New Strategies for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher
  • Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us by Christine Pohl
  • Growing Our Givers’ Hearts by Thomas H. Jeavons & Rebekah Burch Basinger

Save the Date & Registration

The Generosity & Stewardship Conference will take place from Sunday, Aug. 6-Wednesday, Aug. 9 in Lakeside Chautauqua.

Thank you for your interest in registering for the conference.  The fee for the conference is $250. Registration will be limited to 80 participants.

Please note that the per-person registration fee includes 3 overnight accommodations in Hotel Lakeside or Fountain Inn, meals throughout your stay at Lakeside, gate passes and entrance to evening entertainment, all conference sessions and speakers, and access to the wide array of Lakeside Chautauqua activities during your stay. Due to generous support from sponsors, we are able to offer all of these features while keeping the registration inexpensive. The fee will not be reduced for shorter participation or shared hotel rooms.   

Total number of attendees registered to date: 80

Registration is a two-part process and both online registration form and online payment process must be completed before registration is finalized.  Once your two-part registration is completed, you will receive a personal email from Gretchen Colon, Lakeside Chautauqua, Senior V.P. of Advancement & Communications with your overnight accommodation and arrival details. If for some reason you have not received an email, please reach out to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (419) 798-5396.

Once 80 registrations have been completed, the links will be removed from this page.  

We will be compiling a Wait List for any further interested registrants.

If you wish to be placed on the Wait List, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the contact info for each interested person.
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We will contact you if a space becomes available.


Cancellations, Refunds, & Transfers

Registration fees are non-refundable. 

If you are unable to attend for any reason, you can transfer your registration to another person without penalty. Simply email a copy of your confirmation email with a message stating your transfer request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and have the person replacing you complete a registration form. Transfer must be complete by August 1, 2017. 

If you are unable to attend for any reason and do not have a person to replace you, please inform us as soon as possible by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a copy of your confirmation email and a message stating your cancellation so that a spot may be made available to the next person on the Wait List. Notification of cancellation must be made by August 1, 2017. 

Partners & Sponsors

  • Council on Development of West Ohio Conference United Methodist Church
  • East Ohio Conference Foundation
  • United Methodist Foundation of Michigan
  • United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
  • United Methodist Foundation of Indiana
  • Ecumenical Stewardship Center
  • EOC & WOC Credit Union